EXCEPTIONAL CARE FOR EXCEPTIONAL PETS
Dr. Lisa Hofmann Pachie graduated from UC Davis Veterinary Medical School in 1997. She practiced in a mixed animal hospital for 6 years in a rural community of Northern California, treating all types of animals including dogs, cats, pocket pets, horses, cows, sheep, goats, and wildlife. She then started her own equine mobile practice and was very busy the next three years. During that time she also worked at a SPCA spay/neuter clinic two days a week and continued small animal practice one or two days a week at Clearlake Veterinary Clinic. She then moved to Star Valley, WY with her husband Greg, 3 dogs, 5 horses, and a small herd of Corriente roping cattle. Lisa worked for Dr. Steve Carter at Carter Animal Hospital for 9 years, purchasing the practice in December, 2o15, continuing forward as Bridger Animal Hospital. In her spare time, she enjoys trout fishing, team roping, trail riding & packing, and riding snow machines. She loves living in the mountains and thinks Star Valley is a wonderful place.
Dr. Ashley Fleshman was born and raised in North Carolina. Growing up she was always very involved with animals, volunteering at the SPCA and working as a veterinary technician at a mixed animal practice in Welcome, NC. In 2007, she graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Animal Science and began working as a Veterinary Technician Manager. In August, 2010, Dr. Fleshman was accepted into St. George’s University College of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada where she lived for three years. She completed her fourth year at Washington State University. During her clinical year, Dr. Fleshman had the opportunity to do several externships at mixed animal practices in rural areas of the Northwestern/Western part of the country. During this time she fell in love with the area and decided she wanted to stay out west and in June, 2014, accepted a job at Carter Animal Hospital, now Bridger Animal Hospital. She loves Star Valley!
Dr. Jessica Johnson grew up in Belgrade Lakes, Maine. Through several family trips out west, she learned, at a very young age, that she wanted to move to Wyoming. This dream took her to the University of Minnesota, Crookston to complete her undergraduate degree in pre-veterinary medicine. She has a passion for animals of all shapes and sizes, but she has a special love for horses. This path then lead her to complete her doctorate degree in veterinary medicine at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. A few weeks after graduation, she married the love of her life and moved out to Jackson, WY. In her spare time, Jessica loves being outdoors. She loves horseback riding, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, and boating. She can’t wait to start serving the community in Star Valley.
Jamie is a Registered Veterinary Technician, licensed in California, and joined our team in April, 2015. She came to us with over 15 years of experience working at a 6 doctor, very busy practice in the gold country of California. Jamie was lead veterinary technician and the Orthopedic Surgery Technician, assisting with TPLO, FHO, patella repair, and fracture repair with plate or external fixation. She also assisted with Caesarian sections, mass removals, spays and neuters, as well as many other emergency surgeries. She came to Bridger Animal Hospital looking to get back to a more family oriented practice where she would have the ability to spend time giving the best care possible and where you know clients by their voice on the phone, and she has certainly found that here. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dog. Jamie also loves riding dirt bikes. She raced AMA District 36 Harescrambles and Enduros since she was a teenager, one of a handful of girl racers on the line with the guys. She loves living here in Wyoming. Jamie loves her job again & loves working with the best veterinary team at Bridger Animal Hospital!
Kelsey M. Jansen was born and raised in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She graduated from Jackson Hole High School in 1998 and moved down to Star Valley in 2005. Kelsey began working in the animal care field in 2002 and became a certified Pet Care Technician in 2003 through the American Boarding Kennels Association (now known as the Pet Care Services Association). Kelsey joined our team in January, 2007 as our boarding facility manager. After 5 years of caring for our client’s pets as she does her own, she has moved into the position of veterinary technician. Kelsey’s family consists of her husband Troy, her daughter Riley, and her many four legged family members. She enjoys horseback riding, hunting, camping,and snowmobiling.
Katie is a 5th generation Jackson, WY native, and graduated from Jackson Hole High School in 2009. Afterwards, she received an Equine Science degree as well as an Equine Training Technology credential in 2011 from Central Wyoming College. She discovered that she wanted to be a veterinary technician when she worked at Teton Animal Hospital in the summer during high school. After she graduated and moved to Riverton for college, she assisted at a handful of locations during the Wyoming Spay/Neuter Program and was a technician at Lander Valley Animal Hospital. In 2012, Katie moved back closer to Jackson where her family has an outdoor outfitting business. Katie enjoys cowboying with friends where her 3 cow dogs and 5 horses are put to work. She also has 2 cats and a large amount of chickens and ducks that she raises and sells. In her free time she loves being in the outdoors, gardening, quilting, fishing, hunting, photography, cooking, and lots of other activities.
Cyndi moved to our beautiful valley from Napa, CA in 2015. Shes' always had dogs and cats in her life and for many years was a highly sought after pet sitter. Cyndi helped her kids and others in the local 4-H program raise their livestock. She originally was a hair stylist, but decided she'd like to try the medical field. She studied hard and earned her degree as a medical assistant. Cyndi worked for 18 years as a MA in an extremely busy OB/GYN office in Napa, CA. She's always had a great relationship with her patients, whether they're 2 or 4 legged! She met her husband Dave while visiting Thayne 9 years ago. They married in 2013 and, after searching all over, they decided to make Thayne their permanent home. Cyndi is surrounded by love from her 18 year old cat, Billie, her 12 week old kitten Dani and her son's dog, Molly. She loves to ride horses, work on her new home, and see movies with her husband in her spare time.
Kailey grew up in Southern California. She was in 4-H for 9 years raising champion market animals and showing every animal from small to large at the local fairs. She raised lambs, calves, rabbits, steers, pigs, chickens, and goats. Riding horses has played a big part in her life, even before she could walk; her dad made sure of it. After graduating high school, she moved to Paso Robles, CA. During the next two years Kailey worked for a cutting trainer on the Hearst Ranch. She then decided to move to Idaho, and work at New Leaf, a federally funded program for mentally challenged young adults. Kailey cared for many, while earning her AA degree from the College of Southern Idaho. While spending summers and holidays going to different places in Idaho and Utah, riding horses, roping, meeting new people (her boyfriend, Justin), she found herself settling in Boise Idaho, for the next four years. Still working with young adults, Kailey took on a second job and trained to groom dogs. Soon, Justin joined Kailey in Boise and they both decided to move to Afton. They chose Afton, Wyoming because of Kailey's father. He grew up spending summers there, and eventually living in the Valley for 8 years. Kailey and Justin have a growing cattle company raising Bucking Bulls. They raise, breed, and compete with their bulls. They've enjoyed living in Afton for a little over a year with their three dogs, cat, two goats (the girls), and hopefully the horses in the spring. In Kailey’s free time she enjoys her animals, family, tooling leather, wood burning, hunting, riding, pet sitting, and grooming. Kailey and Justin are looking forward to making Star valley their forever home and she is honored to be a part of the Bridger Animal Hospital team.
Katie grew up in the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York . She has always had animals of her own and grew up riding and showing horses. She graduated with her bachelors degree in Psychology from Oswego State University. After college, Katie worked a few years in a hotel and eventually moved to Maryland when her boyfriend found a job in Baltimore. Once in Maryland, Katie decided to do what she really loved: working with animals. Here, she worked in two different veterinary hospitals and gained some experience working in small animal practices. In 2014, Katie got married and she and her husband, John went on their honeymoon in Yellowstone National Park and stayed a few nights in Jackson, Wyoming. While in Jackson, her husband decided to apply for a job and a few months later they drove across the country from Maryland to Wyoming. In 2016, Katie and John moved to Star Valley with their daughter, Anna and dog, Sammi. In her spare time, Katie enjoys riding horses and training her dog in dog agility.
Maggie is originally from Concord, CA. Growing up, she loved riding horses and bringing stray animals home. Her love for animals has always been at the forefront of her career goals. While attending Colorado State University, Maggie found her passion in veterinary medicine while working in the Junior Surgery Department at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. While employed with the CSUVTH, Maggie was a technician assisting in the swine lab, where junior year veterinary students would hone their surgical skills ranging from suture techniques to abdominal exploratory surgeries. Each day would entail anesthetizing and monitoring 13 patients while also helping the veterinary students with their given tasks. Maggie began working with Carter Animal Hospital in the summer of 2005. During her almost 10 year employment with Carter Animal Hospital, Maggie wore many hats, starting as head veterinary technician, and ending as the practice manager. During her role as manager, she learned that she really liked graphic design and marketing. When she adopted her daughter in 2014, Maggie was lucky to keep the role of online marketing coordinator and continues to work from home. She is so excited about the future of Bridger Animal Hospital and looks forward to watching it progress!
Bridger Animal Hospital
Bridger Animal Hospital was started by Dr. Lisa Pachie in December, 2015. Most of our clients knew us as Carter Animal Hospital, which was opened by Steve Carter in December, 2003. Lisa loved the Star Valley community, their pets, and her wonderful staff so much that she purchased the practice from Dr. Carter. Although our name has changed, we would like to reassure our loyal clients and their pets that our standard of care, our employees, and our services haven't changed. We are committed to continue in our efforts to provide the absolute best in veterinary care, client services, and education to our amazing Star Valley community. If you are new to Bridger Animal Hospital, welcome! We are here for you and your pets around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.